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Merit Badges

Scouts can earn more than 100 merit badges, including the newest merit badges—Signs, Signals, and Codes, Kayaking, Search and Rescue, and Game Design. Earning merit badges gives Scouts the opportunity to participate in activities and study subjects that prepare them for life.

Check out the top ten Eagle and non-Eagle required merit badges below. For information on merit badge requirements and resources, go to Boys’ Life magazine’s Merit Badge Requirements page.

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The top 10 merit badges required for Eagle rank earned in 2014:

  • Cooking
  • First Aid
  • Swimming
  • Environmental Science
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Camping
  • Communication
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Personal Fitness

The top 10 merit badges not required for Eagle rank earned in 2014:

  • Rifle Shooting
  • Fingerprinting
  • Archery
  • Leatherwork
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Wood Carving
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Art